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Biology: Nanotechnology Concentration

The nanotechnology concentration in the biology program at Cal U is aimed at students with an interest in pursuing careers in biotechnology or biomedical fields, including students who wish to major in pre-med, pre-dentistry and pre-pharmacy. The major provides students with the core knowledge and skills required to enter biomedical professions and/or pursue a secondary degree in graduate school. Career options include pharmaceutical, medical and biotechnology industries; forensics; and environmental and food sciences.

Students will take core courses in biology, accompanied by physics, chemistry and mathematics, providing them with a broad knowledge of the biological sciences. Specialized courses cover nanotechnology manufacturing and materials. The concentration also includes the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience through a nanotechnology internship or project. Biotechnology and nanotechnology are surrounded by social and ethical issues, requiring a deeper appreciation of society and humanity. To augment their biological understanding , students are offered courses in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, in keeping with a liberal education.

If you are pursuing the nanotechnology concentration within the Bachelor of Science degree program, you must take the core science courses listed below as well as a minimum of six general education credits at or above the 300 level in order to graduate.

The capstone semester is spent at the nanofabrication facility in Penn State University's Innovation Park. Contact John Thompson to learn more.

Get a description of each of Cal U's biology and nanotechnology courses from our Course Catalog.

Below is a recommended framework of courses for completing the degree in four years.

Bachelor of Science in Biology (Nanotechnology Concentration): 120 Credits

First Semester – 15 credits
BIO 120 General Zoology4 crs.
CHE 101 General Chemistry I4 crs.
ENG 101 English Composition I3 crs.
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar1 cr.
General Education Course
3 crs.

Second Semester – 14 credits
BIO 125 General Botany4 crs.
CHE 102 General Chemistry II4 crs.
ENG 102 English Composition II3 crs.
MAT 273 Basic Calculus OR
MAT 281 Calculus I
3 crs.

Third Semester – 14 credits
BIO 215 Cellular and Molecular Biology4 crs.
PHY 121 General Physics I4 crs.
Free Elective3 crs.
General Education Course
3 crs.

Fourth Semester – 12 credits
BIO 318 Genetics4 crs.
CHE 331 Organic Chemistry I4 crs.
PHY 122 General Physics II4 crs.

Fifth Semester – 13 credits
BIO 326 General Microbiology4 crs.
General Education Courses
6 crs.
General Education EMA3 crs.

Sixth Semester – 18 credits
NMT 311 Materials, Safety and Equipment Overview for Nanofabrication
3 crs.
NMT 312 Basic Nanofabrication Processes3 crs.
NMT 313 Thin Films in Nanofabrication
3 crs.
NMT 314 Advanced Lithography and Dielectrics for Nanofabrication
3 crs.
NMT 315 Material Modification3 crs.
NMT 316 Characterization, Packaging and Testing of Nanofabricated Structures3 crs.

Summer Term or Winter Break – 6 credits
NMT 495 Nanotech Internship6 crs.

Seventh Semester – 15 credits
Free Electives9 crs.
General Education Courses 6 crs.

Eighth Semester – 13 credits
BIO 480 Cell Biology4 crs.
Free Electives6 crs.
General Education Course
3 crs.